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Business Ethics and Living in the Glass House

Leadership truly is modeled from the top down.  As Leo Buscaglia says, “It is not possible for you to influence others to live on a higher level than that on which you live yourself.”

Business owners, entrepreneurs, leaders, and managers all live in the same type of house.  This house is made of glass.  Because most people enjoy knowing people with whom they associate success, your employees and the general public often study people in positions of power.  This study is carried out by simple observation.

We’ve often heard the saying “little pitchers have big ears.”  While this old saying was aimed at children overhearing and repeating the words and actions of adults, it also serves as a reminder that the people who are being served by less than ethical leadership in the public and private sectors of business are also watching the way their leaders carry out their duties.

Ask yourself:

  • Is it legal?
  • Is it balanced?  Is it morally fair?
  • How will it make me feel about myself?

Remember, there really is no softer pillow than a clean conscience!

Are We Desensitized to Ethical Business?

Recently I read about a plant that is commonly known as the “sensitive plant”.  The scientific name for the plant is Mimosa piduca.  When the plant experiences human touch it actually quivers and closes its leaves.  You can Google the plant name and watch amazing videos of this strange phenomenon.  Another strange reaction of this plant is that the more often it is touched, the more desensitized the plant becomes to human touch.  In other words, the more often it is touched, the less responsive the plant is to human touch, and the less likely it is to “blush.”

Have our business ethics become the same?  As a nation, have we become so desensitized to corruption and wrongdoing that we can no longer “blush” and pull away from unethical business practices and people who are doing business outside of integrity?  Many times actions that would have caused upheaval in the past have now become mainstream.